Activities, Projects & Initiatives

The National Academy of Engineering is tasked with identifying and illuminating issues at the intersections of engineering, technology, and society that impact our quality of life. Studies, symposia, and public information activities are carried out both independently by the NAE Program Office and jointly with other units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Activity Type
  • Project 85
  • Program 4
  • Award 6
Areas of Interest
  • Competitiveness 9
  • Diversity 11
  • Education 51
  • Energy 7
  • Environment 10
  • Ethics 18
  • Healthcare 7
  • Honoring Engineers 9
  • Media and Journalism 4
  • Understanding Engineering 16
Project Status
  • In Progress 24
  • Completed 70
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Featured Projects
  • In Progress
    All students should have the opportunity to study engineering, but despite long-standing calls to increase the numbers of women, African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics of any race, students from low-income families, and other underrepresented groups in undergraduate ...

    Latest UpdateFebruary 25, 2019

  • In Progress
    Motivated by the National Academy of Engineering’s  14 Grand Challenges for Engineering  and increasing calls for a new engineering education paradigm, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, and the University of Southern ...

    Latest UpdateFebruary 8, 2019

  • In Progress
    The goal of this three-year project is to provide guidance to key stakeholders in US K-12 education regarding effective engineering education. The stakeholders include organizations leading development and implementation of the NGSS (i.e., Achieve, Inc. and the National Science Teachers ...

    Latest UpdateJanuary 28, 2019

  • Completed
    Over a 20-month period, an ad hoc committee will explore a set of questions about the career choices of engineering graduates and those employed as engineers with non-engineering degrees in the United States in order to provide a comprehensive view of the career pathways and related decision making of engineering graduates and working engineers in the United States.

    Latest UpdateJanuary 24, 2019

  • In Progress
    This 18-month project, overseen by the National Academy of Engineering in partnership with the Board on Science Education , will conduct extensive data gathering to better understand the current and anticipated future needs for engineering-literate PreK-12 educators in the United States and how ...

    Latest UpdateJanuary 18, 2019

  • In Progress
    Symposium bringing together engaged and innovative engineering educators to recognize, reward, and promote effective, substantive, and inspirational engineering education

    Latest UpdateJanuary 18, 2019

  • At its discretion, the NAE Council may confer the title "Distinguished Honoree" on any living individual, including a member of the NAE, in recognition of outstanding achievement in, or distinguished service to, the advancement of engineering and its benefits to mankind, the engineering profession, or the NAE, Non-members who receive this award have all the privileges of membership in the NAE, however, they do not have the right to vote on Academy matters, are not subject to dues or assessments, and are not eligible to serve as an officer, a member of the Council, or as a member of a standing committee established under the NAE Bylaws.

    Latest UpdateJanuary 17, 2019

  • The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, established in October 1999, is named after Fritz Russ, an esteemed engineer and founder of Systems Research Laboratories, and his wife Dolores Russ, a long-time supporter and benefactor of the engineering industry.

    Latest UpdateJanuary 3, 2019

  • Completed
    A New Forum for Innovation in Preventing and Managing Violent Conflict. The roundtable is a forum for key stakeholders from government, industry, academia, and the NGO community to 1) consider how the application of technology and of knowledge and methods from engineering and science can serve the goals of violent conflict prevention, peacemaking, and peacekeeping and 2) explore opportunities for stakeholder collaboration and action on key issues

    Latest UpdateNovember 28, 2018

  • Completed
    This project reviews and recognizes the variety of exceptional programs and strategies for improving engineers’ understanding of ethical and social issues and creates a resource for those who aim to improve the ethical development of engineers at their own institutions.

    Latest UpdateNovember 28, 2018

  • Completed
    The 2005 study documents a wealth of opportunities for using systems engineering and information technology to redesign health care delivery processes to improvethe quality and efficiency of health care

    Latest UpdateNovember 27, 2018

  • The Founders Award was established in 1965 by the Academy to honor an outstanding NAE member or foreign member who has upheld the ideals and principles of the NAE through professional, educational, and personal achievement and accomplishment.

    Latest UpdateOctober 18, 2018

  • Established in 1982, the Arthur M. Bueche (Bee' - kuh) Award honors an engineer who has shown dedication in science and technology, as well as active involvement in determining U.S. science and technology policy, promoting technological development, and contributing to the enhancement of the relationship between industries, government, and universities.

    Latest UpdateOctober 18, 2018